COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who need to self-isolate and can't work from home.

This means your employees:

  • can't come into work because they are in one of the affected groups and have been told to self-isolate, and
  • can't work from home.

The COVID-19 Leave Support scheme is paid at the rate of $600 a week for each full-time worker and $359 a week for part-time employees retained.


Inland Revenue is updating their systems between 21 and 28 October. This may delay some COVID-19 Leave Support scheme applications, because we need to verify your information with Inland Revenue. You can still apply during this time. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Anyone who is unwell should call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or talk to their doctor or health provider. Employers should encourage their employees to do this if they're unwell.

We also have the Short-Term Absence Payment available to employers. You cannot get more than one COVID-19 payment for the same employee at the same time from us.

Easy Read documents

You can read about the Leave Support Scheme, and our other COVID-19 supports for employers, in an Easy Read document: